Dec 3, 2007

Marriott Basin Dec 1-2nd 2007

A big group of us headed out to the Marriott Basin this past weekend to check out the Wendy Thompson Hut and what kind of gnarly pow was awaiting us. Saturday proved to be a cold but a rather nice day.

The ski into the hut was fairly decent only a couple of steep uphills but all in all it went smoothly and rather quickly. Once we arrived to the hut it was very cold. There was another group there as well..something which we did not intend on. We made our selves some hot tea and headed out to the mountains to see what kind of sweet lines we could find.

We managed to sneak in a fantastic little ski before packing it in for the night. The light was low so it was difficult to decipher the depth and angles but thanks to Jer’s super advice I got some pretty sweet turns in. After 4 weekend of backcountry skiing I can already feel my confidence and skills rising and each time it gets me wanting more,… to ski faster, bigger and better….I LOVE IT!

Saturday night proved to be pretty busy in the little hut with over 20 people trying to cook dinner, relax, drink, chat..we managed well. Marg and Kala poured us some fantastic warm port and there was enough wine and bailey’s to get anyone a little tipsy…

Thanks to Pete’s -20 sleeping bag, 21 people and Jay’s radiating heat I managed to stay fairly warm throughout the night. I still have to work on getting comfortable on the hard surfaces…the thermo rest just doesn’t cut it for me.

Sunday proved to be rather adventurous. Pete, Ned and I managed to ski down a steep and deep slope with some minor debris coming down. Ned was showing off and hucked off a rock which caused us to look for his fallen ski for awhile….

We then skied up to the top of a “face shot powder run” just in time for Pete’s binding to break (at the top), Ned losing his ski (AGAIN!) and later on me falling through a hidden hole.
To top it off the highway between Whistler and Van was closed for a couple of hours… thanks to Ned we scored a couple of hours in a warm condo in Whistler, a movie and some hot tea before finally making it into my own bed in snowy North Van around midnight.

Another magnificent weekend shared with some fabulous friends and lots of fluffy white stuff.. where to this weekend??

Lovin’ the pow!

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